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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pisshead TV Licensing Goon Drink Drive Ban

A Northern Ireland-based TV Licensing goon has been banned from driving after being caught behind the wheel whilst unfit through drink.

John Marcus Rodgers, 39, of Reaville Park in Belfast, was carrying out enforcement visits on the Isle of Man at the time of his offence. He is shown above enjoying a pint in the lounge of TV Licensing's favourite Manx hotel (see him on YouTube here).

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes, sitting at Douglas Courthouse, heard how an off-duty police officer (entirely by coincidence) spotted Rodgers, who was clearly the worse for wear, getting into a white Ford Focus outside the town's Tesco store at 11.30 pm on Monday night. Rodgers' breath smelt heavily of alcohol when he walked past the officer, who alerted his colleagues to the situation. Rodgers drove off and was stopped by uniformed officers a short time later on Athol Street.

The court was told that Rodgers had attempted to delay taking a roadside breath test (a TV Licensing goon trying to conceal evidence - who'd have thought it?) Later, at police headquarters, he provided a specimen of breath containing 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is almost twice the legal limit.

Rodgers pleaded with the court not to impose a driving ban as it would mean the loss of his job as a TV Licensing pariah. The judge was unsympathetic to the gobby goon's plight. She banned him from driving for two years, fined him £900 and ordered him to pay £125 towards prosecution costs. Rodgers was warned that unless he made payment "forthwith" he would face 60 days in prison. The driving ban applies in the Isle of Man, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

TV Licensing doesn't have much luck during its visits to the Isle of Man. It has previously had cars vandalised and stationery stolen. This time, by some spooky coincidence, an off-duty police officer just happened to be in the right place at the right time when a pissed up goon jumped into his car.

It's a small place the Isle of Man. We don't believe in coincidences and neither should TV Licensing.

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Edit (22/9/17): We have made minor corrections to this article and brushed up the language used. An article about Rodgers' conviction has now appeared on the BBC News website. Notice how the BBC claim he was off-duty at the time, but fails to mention the fact he was only on the Island because he was carrying out TV Licensing visits. According to our reliable local sources, he was also driving his TV Licensing hire car at the time of his offence.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Student TV Licence Reminder

As sure as night follows day, TV Licensing fills the September newspapers with articles targeting students at the start of the university year.

We've written a fair bit on this previously (see here and here for deeper reading), but given TV Licensing's recent media offensive it's worth publishing this brief reminder for anyone heading to university for the first time.

A TV licence is required for any property where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes at the same time (or virtually the same time) as they are broadcast to the wider public. Additionally, from the 1st September 2016, a TV licence is required for any property where equipment is used to watch or download BBC on-demand programmes via the iPlayer.

However, a student is covered by the TV licence of their non-term time address if they only ever watch using an unplugged device powered by its own internal battery (e.g. an unplugged laptop or tablet connected wirelessly to the web). If they only ever watch programmes on unplugged devices then they do not need to purchase their own TV licence. We suggest that most students could adjust towards this form of viewing, thus saving themselves £147 (at the time of writing).

A student would require their own TV licence if they decided to install (e.g. plug in to the mains or an external aerial) a device to receive TV programmes (or BBC on-demand programmes) in their own rented room.

Students are reminded of the following facts when dealing with TV Licensing:
  • Anyone who does not legally require a TV licence is under no obligation to communicate or co-operate with TV Licensing. They do not need to prove their non-TV status to TV Licensing, despite TV Licensing's regular pretence to the contrary.
  • Under normal circumstances TV Licensing goons have no special legal rights to enter any property, but they will often seek the occupier's permission to enter. Unless TV Licensing has a warrant, which it almost certainly won't (a lot more in this post), then the occupier should refuse entry. TV Licensing goons cannot be trusted.
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

BBC Distorts Taxi Expense Figures

BBC extravagance is making the headlines again today, with news that the Corporation spent around £1.5m on taxi fares in the last three financial years.

In its response to a Freedom of Information request the BBC confirmed the following expenditure on taxis:

- 2014/15: £512,861
- 2015/16: £411,317
- 2016/17: £341,095

The BBC has previously released the following taxi expenditure figures:

- 2011/12: £10,741,554
- 2012/13: £11,775,985
- 2013/14: £11,918,789

Spot the difference?

That's right. The BBC has got canny with the way it records these things.

Information held by the BBC for the purposes of journalism, art or literature (e.g. production purposes) is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The BBC's taxi records were such that it was unable to separate out journeys made for production purposes for the financial years 2011/14, so it was forced to disclose the total amount spent on taxis for whatever purpose.

Having received a well-deserved kicking as a result of those earlier taxi expense figures, the BBC has obviously gone away and decided to change the way it records taxi expenses, so it can separate out those journeys made for production purposes. By separating out those journeys the taxi bill immediately appears much smaller than it actually is.

Speaking of the latest figures, John O'Connell of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Hard-pressed licence fee payers will be furious that BBC staff are racking up such an extraordinary bill.

"The rest of the public sector is clamping down on unnecessary taxis and the Corporation should be no different.

"The BBC has to start spending money more efficiently or sympathy for the outdated TV Tax will continue to wane."

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